Great Game Previews In History: 26 February 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

napoleon_elbaNapoleon escapes from the island of Elba off the Tuscan coast.

Sent to exile there as a condition of the Treaty of Fontainebleau — he was allowed to keep his title of “Emperor” and was the ruler of Elba, which was carved out as a separate principality, which means treaty-making was a different animal in 1815 and deposed dictators were treated a lot better than they are now — Napoleon was unhappy being separated from his wife and son (who were sent to Austria) and was not receiving the allowance he was guaranteed by the treaty (seriously, all those dictators who got hanged by their toes must look at Napoleon-on-Elba and just shake their heads). Further, he had heard rumors he was going to be sent to a remote island in the Atlantic (which, of course, he was, eventually).

Thus, he stole away while the guard ships were away, wisely timing his escape so he’d land in France as prisoners of the Napoleonic War were returning from their captors’ countries, thus providing him with an ever-growing army. And thus began the Hundred Days.

Kings at Avalanche, 8 PM Mountain/9 PM Central

Records: Kings (31-22-6, 68 points, 3rd in Pacific); Avalanche (37-16-5, 79 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Anze Kopitar got the shootout winner Dec. 21, a 3-2 Kings home win.

Last 10: Los Angeles 2-8-0; Colorado 6-4-0

Historical Context: 


Blues at Canucks, 9:30 PM

Records: Blues (39-12-6, 84 points, 1st in Conference III); Canucks (27-24-9, 63 points, 5th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Vancouver looks for the three-game sweep after twice besting St. Louis by one goal.

Last 10: St. Louis 7-2-1; Vancouver 2-8-0

Historical Context: The Blues, like Napoleon, try to cement their spot at the top with a rather circuitous road trip. The Route Napoleon was undertaken to avoid Provence and its Royalism. The Route Bleus takes them from Vancouver to Anaheim to Phoenix (while skipping the balance of Western Canada and California) and then sends them back home for one before kicking them back out for a two-gamer across the expanse of Conference III Country: Nashville and then Colorado.